Hand Safety Spotlight

Hand Injury Statistics

Hand Safety Stats

Hand injury statistics reveal how costly and painful on-the-job injuries can be. These injuries don’t just hurt workers; companies suffer costs due to injuries, compounded by the loss of productivity. The question becomes: what is the true cost of an injury? Whether you’re searching for safety information to present to your company, or if you’re looking to learn more about hand injury statistics, check out our selection of surprising safety statistics that reveal the true cost of an injury. 

Hand Safety Statistics 

First, let's start with some surprising statistics:

  • Over 1,000,000 hand injuries in the U.S. alone 1
  • 70% of hand injuries result from not wearing any type of hand protection 2
  • 20% of disabling workplace injuries involve hands 1
  • 30% of hand injuries caused by wearing the wrong glove 2
  • Over $740,000,000 in hand and wrist injuries 3

These are huge costs, especially when considering that 70% of hand injuries are caused by not wearing any type of hand protection2. OSHA provides a breakdown of various occupational injuries and estimates of what they cost per year, per incident:

  • Lacerations: $40,023 4
  • Punctures: $47,703 4
  • Fractures: $101,833 4
  • Crushing: $118,769 4

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Hand Injury Statistics by Injury Type

Clearly, the associated costs are tied to injury type. Next, let's break down incidents by injury type — tracking both the lost time and total incidents — using data from The Bureau Of Labor Statistics' Annual Study.

From The Bureau Of Labor Statistics Annual Study 3:

  • There were 186,830 nonfatal occupational injuries to hands and wrists that involved days away from work
  • Wrist injuries led to 15 median days away from work and hand injuries led to 5 median days away from work
  • Number of injuries to hands and wrists by nature of injury are broken down as follows:
    • 30,400 sprains, strains, and tears
    • 17,000 fractures
    • 12,300 pain and soreness
    • 6,790 bruises and contusions

Total Industry Lost Time Incidents by Body Part

  • Out of 743 incidents:
    • Finger injuries led with 22.88% of total incidents
    • Hand/Wrist injuries were 6.85% of total incidents

Total Industry Recordable Incidents by Body Part 5

  • Out of 2,386 incidents:
    • Finger injuries led with 31.44% of total incidents
    • Hand/Wrist injuries were 10.03% of total incidents

Total Industry Recordable Incidents by Body Part 5

  • Finger/Hand/Wrist injuries led with 40.6% of total incidents
  • Of the incidents reported:
    • Floorhands and derrickmen, combined, accounted for 53% of all accidents
    • 36% were struck by/against 6
    • 26% were caught in between 7

Hand Injury Statistics

Reduce Direct and Indirect Injury Costs

As we've seen, the direct and indirect costs add up. Hand and finger injuries are as costly as they are avoidable. Beyond pure costs, these injuries impact more than your profession, but personal lives as well.

Time is money, so when you combine the cost of lost productivity with the direct costs tied to recordable incidents, the sum is incredible. One of the best ways to avoid these costs, as well as protect hands, is to invest in high quality safety gloves with task-specific design. When using the right glove for the right application, injuries are reduced, employees are safe, and companies garner better safety records, saving thousands of dollars and ensuring greater ROI.

Understanding the cause of the most common hand injuries is just the first step in preventing incidents and improving hand safety in your organization. For a step-by-step guide to improving hand safety in the workplace, check out our Five-Step Guide to Improving Hand Safety in the Workplace.

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NSC.org, 2013 Safety Statistics for the Well Service Industry
Bureau of Labor Statistics U.S. Department of Labor “Nonfatal Occupational Industries and Illnesses Requiring Days Away From Work, 2012
Occupational Safety and Health Administration "Estimated Costs of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses and Estimated Impact on a Company's Profitability Worksheet"
5 AESC, 2013 Safety Statistics for the Well Service Industry
6, 7 Type of incident is not specific to finger/hand/wrist, but rather includes all body part injuries

Category: Hand Safety